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Christa Wolf, translated from the German by Damion Searls

CHRISTA WOLF (1929?2011) was one of the most celebrated German writers of the twentieth century. Wolf was a central figure in East German literature and politics, and is the author of many books, including the novels The Quest for Christa T., Patterns of Childhood, and Cassandra.

DAMION SEARLS is a writer and translator, most recently of Nescio’s Amsterdam Stories, Hans Keilson’s Life Goes On, and Elfriede Jelinek’s Her Not All Her (on/with Robert Walser). He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012.

Excerpted from
CITY OF ANGELS: or The Overcoat of Dr. Freud, A NOVEL

To come down to earth was the phrase that came to me when I landed in L.A. and the passengers on the airplane clapped to thank the pilot for flying it across the ocean, approaching the New World from the sea, circling for a long time above the lights of the giant metropolis, then gently touching down.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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